Who knew that refereeing could be incredibly dangerous?
Well, Paul Emmel does now after the home base umpire was struck in the head by a rogue bat during last night's MLB game between the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Angels.
With Jeffry Marte at the plate and the count at 0-0, the A's batter took a mighty swing and missed. His bat flew out of his hands and definitely didn't miss. Scroll down to watch the video.
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The wooden bat flew backwards and collided into Emmel's head, sending him down to the floor in clear pain. Check it out.
That is a lot of blood gushing out of the umpire's head. Poor guy.
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What makes this even worse is that it was in the bottom of the ninth inning. Emmel was so, so close to getting through the game without any incident, but no, Marte had to lose his grip. There were even two outs in the inning, that's how near the end of the game it was. Unlucky Paul.
The ump was escorted off the field by trainers from both teams, with towels pressed to his head to try and quell the bleeding.
Taken to hospital
After the game, the Angels said their trainers had stopped the bleeding, that Emmel was fully alert, and that he was being taken to the hospital for stitches.
The game was completed by the remaining three umpires, with Quinn Wolcott moving from third base to behind the plate.
We've seen bad injuries in baseball before, like Aroldis Chapman suffering a skull fracture after getting hit in the head by a line drive, but never have they been to an umpire. At least not one as bad as this. Let's just hope that Emmel suffered a bad cut and nothing more.